Google Pixel 3 XL Review: We’ve already seen a fully leaked unboxing video of the Google Pixel 3 XL.
Lots of leaked images and renders and most recently, somebody accidentally left a Pixel 3 XL in a Lyft.
And I think it’s safe to say that the Pixel 3 XL has probably been the most leaked device of recent times.
What do all of these leaks or rumors mean?
Well, let’s break them down SuperSaf-Style to give you guys a better idea of what to expect.
So first up, let’s address the elephant in the room and that is that huge notch.
The Pixel 3 XL is going to have the largest notch in history.
I mean look at that thing.
It’s massive, kind of goes almost towards half the screen.
Okay, okay, I’m exaggerating.
And as well as the notch, you also have a chin.
And I know a lot of you guys are going to be very disappointed about this but it’s not all bad.
There are reasons behind the notch and the chin.
Firstly, we do have front-firing stereo speakers, so one is within the notch, and one is on the chin.
The Pixel 2 XL had some of the best sounding speakers last year and that is because they were front-firing, so this is sort of a compromise you are getting, front-firing speakers within the notch and chin.
I don’t know, you might not like it.
And also within this notch, we’ve got not one, but two front-facing cameras.
Now I’ve already gone on record to say that the Pixel 2 and 2 XL has the best front-facing camera out there in the market.
Great shots, great dynamic range, and also a great portrait mode.
It looks like Google is determined to keep that crown with the dual front-facing cameras of the Pixel 3 XL.
Now based on spec leaks, both of them are going to have an 8.1-megapixel resolution.
One is going to be a regular angle and the other is going to be a wide-angle for your wide-angle selfies, wefies, groufies, whatever you want to call them.
And in terms of aperture, we’ve got F1.8 and F2.2.
Now certain leaks are suggesting that one of these cameras is going to have a variable aperture, so between F1.8 and F2.2.
This is something that we currently only have on the Samsung Galaxy devices and that is on the rear.
So now having a variable aperture for a front-facing camera will be very interesting but regardless of whether we have that or not, having two front-facing cameras will be awesome and should mean we get even better edge detection when it comes to the portrait mode, which is also currently the best on the Pixel 2 and 2 XL when it comes to the front-facing camera.
Now although we’ve got two cameras at the front, it looks like Google is sticking to a single camera at the back and not following
the trend of dual cameras like we’ve got on pretty much every other flagship.
Now, this isn’t a bad thing because the Pixel 2 and 2 XL also have single cameras but they are still some of the best out there and that is thanks to the software processing, machine learning, and the Pixel Visual Core that Google has.
So the single camera on the Pixel 3 XL is going to have a resolution of 12.2 megapixels, which is the same as last year.
But we should have the Pixel Visual Core generation 2 and that should make improvements in dynamic range and low light.
We’ve already seen some sample images that look great but these images are of pre-release software, so I can only expect that the final images will be much better.
Of course, we’ll be doing lots of style camera comparisons as soon as the Pixel 3 XL is out.
So make sure you have subscribed to see those first.
Now moving on to the build and design, in particular looking at being leaked unboxing video which kind of shows things in HD in full detail.
It looks very similar to the Pixel 2 XL from the back, however, we do seem to have a full glass back compared to the glass and metal combination that we had last year.
Now if this is the case, then we will potentially also have wireless charging, something we’ve not had on previous Pixel devices.
That will be great, it’s not confirmed as yet but what has been confirmed is the battery size.
3430 mAh based on these specs.
Now this is a pretty decent-sized battery but it’s not as big as other devices out there like the Note 9 and the P20 Pro, so we’ll have to see how long it will last especially considering that we’ve got a 6.7-inch display with Quad HD+ resolution.
That’s what we have on the leaked specs.
Of course from that 6.7 inches, probably about an inch or two gets taken up by that notch.
JK, JK, I’m missing, I’m missing.
But it is looking like we’re going to have a pretty large display.
But the size of the device shouldn’t be much larger than the Pixel 2 XL.
Now what technology is going to be used for the display is still a bit of a question mark.
I’d assume it’d be OLED like we had on the Pixel 2 and 2 XL.
Although the 2 XL did have lots of issues with its display.
We did get some color shifting at different angles as well as some complaints of screen burn-in.
This will hopefully be sorted for the Pixel 3 and 3 XL.
I’d expect them to have an OLED display.
Now in terms of other specs, we’ve had leaked AnTuTu benchmark scores and details which tell us that we’ve got the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor.
This was pretty much expected, that is one of the flagship processors for Android devices this year.
And in terms of storage, we are likely to have 64 and 128-gigabyte variants, however, that’s not such a big deal because Google does include two years of unlimited cloud storage for your images and videos.
So that shouldn’t be too much of an issue, although I would have liked to have seen more storage.
And finally, in terms of RAM, we’re looking at four gigabytes.
I would have liked more, and whether there’s going to be a high RAM version for the larger storage version is still a bit a question mark.
And of course, it’s going to be running the latest and greatest version of Android.
So we’re going to have Android Pie out of the box.
Now that’s not all, we also have recently seen some leaked images of the Google Pixel 3.
So this is the regular one, not the larger version.
And the good news here is that it doesn’t have a notch.
The bezels are smaller compared to the Pixel 2 but they are slightly larger than what we’re used to expecting from lots of other flagship devices.
However, if you are passionately against that notch, then the Pixel 3 might be the better option for you.
It’s likely to have a 5.5-inch Full HD+ display with all of the same features that we’ve got on the Pixel 3 XL, so the dual front-facing cameras, the dual front-firing speakers, and the same rear-facing cameras with all of this same internals.
However, because of the smaller size, we will be having a smaller battery, a 2915 mAh battery compared to the larger battery on the Pixel 3 XL.
Now when are we going to officially hear about these?
Although we’ve pretty much heard everything we need to already.
Well, the rumored date from Bloomberg is the 9th of October in New York.
So that’s when the event is going to be held, so in about a month’s time from now.
And the devices are likely to be released a few weeks after the official launch event.
Of course, we’ll be having lots of SuperSaf-style coverage here in the channel as soon as they’re out.
And if you want to see all those first, then make sure you have subscribed and switched on notifications.
Some people are saying that some of these leaks and rumors may be false and they might be too kind of throw people off but I very much doubt that because every source has pretty much said the same things.
So what we’re seeing right now is very, very likely, 90% likely what we’re going to see on the final Google Pixel 3 or 3 XL.
What do you guys think of it based on these leaks and rumors?
Definitely drop me a comment below and let me know your thoughts.
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